Cherries and Gout

When you go to a doctor with condition like gout, and you talk about home remedies, unfortunately you’re likely to be ushered out of the surgery.

But the reality is that doctors, in some areas at least, are now paying attention to the use of gout home remedies as a way of alleviating the appalling pain and sudden attacks of gout which can occur without warning.

Prescription Vs Natural Remedies

Natural remedies for gout

Natural remedies may be best for gout

You see, there are many medications derived from plants which can naturally ease the pain of gout.

But the reason medical scientists are not keen on the using these compounds as medication is because in general they are unregulated, and preparations of extracts from plants may be very variable in constituency and content. Even so, as we shall see, your best option may be a home remedy if you suffer from gout.

BUT! If you are using any home remedy the first thing you must do is get it from a reputable supplier – and as far as gout home remedies concerned, as one stands out above all else, and indeed is the one I want to focus on in this article. It’s actually the Montmorency Cherry.

In a study in the Journal of Nutrition, published in 2003, there was some definitive evidence that Cherry consumption does indeed have a physiological effect on both plasma uric acid level and the markers of inflammation in the bloodstream.

Women between 20 and 40 years consumed two servings, of 208 g each, of cherries after an overnight fast, and then their blood and  urine was tested for the presence of both plasma urate, and the inflammation markers which are responsible for the extreme pain of gout attack.

The first and most interesting conclusion reached by the scientists was that plasma urate actually decreased from 214 +/- 13 µmol per litre to 283 +/-15 µmol per litre.

This is a really significant reduction, and would very probably take somebody out of the range of plasma uric acid which is responsible for precipitation of your potassium urate in the joints.

There are several reasons why cherries might be acting as an anti-inflammatory and uric acid reduction agent, including both their vitamin C content, and their anthocyanin content which can reduce inflammation.

This is excellent evidence that cherries are vital part of the home remedy catalogue that is available to you if you are a sufferer from gout. Read the article here.

Another article published in 2012 goes into more detail about the beneficial effects of Cherry as a home remedy for gout.

Apparently 8.3 million people in America are reputed to have gout. Several factors play into this: increasing obesity is undoubtedly a factor here, and so is metabolic syndrome. But it’s interesting that women have seen, as a group, the largest increase in the proportion of the population experiencing gout, which can strike abruptly after the menopause.

The American Food and Drug Administration has approved certain chemicals for treatment of gout, such as colchicine, allopurinol, and various NSAID’s – these have all been used, but there are some new treatments now available such as xanthine oxidase.

Now of course I’m not decrying the advantages of medical sciences as a modern gout remedy.

The knowledge and the scientific understanding which has come about in recent times of the cause of gout and the associated inflammation has opened up the route to novel drugs which can help significantly with gout.

But unfortunately as always, these drugs do have some toxic side effects.

So obviously any home remedy, such as dietary modification, or any food product which can serve as a gout home remedy is clearly very desirable.

We know that consumption of meat is a risk factor for gout, so cutting it out, and the consumption of low fat dairy products, can help significantly in avoiding gout attacks. But such information is helpful in staving off gout in the first place, while it’s not so effective as a home remedy to deal with repeated or recurrent gout attacks.

So when researchers looked into cherries and found that they really did have a powerful effect on the occurrence of gout attacks, ears pricked up all over the medical community.

Basically what it amounted to was the cherry consumption over a two-day period was associated with a 35% reduction in recurrent gout attacks.

And not only that, but there was a halving of the risk of recurrent gout attacks among men and women in the study.

Now this wasn’t a randomized double-blind clinical trial to support the efficacy of cherry consumption but it certainly was a very powerful piece of evidence, which led to a great deal more interest in cherries as an effective gout home remedy.